Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Hey ladies and gents (if you're into this kind of stuff)! So I know I told you all that I got the rest of my relaxed ends cut off back in February and thus started my natural hair journey...but that dreadful day started another journey that I was NOT anticipating.

Here goes the story:

I was looking up natural hair salons in Memphis because I really wanted to try one out. Plus, I figured that a natural hair stylist would be able to properly cut my hair and distinguish natural from relaxed hair. I came across this salon called, A Natural Affair(Hate to put them on blast but it's only fair). I looked them up, heard from a friend of mine that they were cool so I decided to go with them.

I booked my appointment online and their website was absolutely legit! It was nice and pretty, lol, so I was sold! I opted to go with the "curly cut" service they offer which is 35 bucks. All that service entails is them cutting your hair while it's wet basically. They shampoo and condition it, then cut it, and then you're done.

Anywho, a couple of days later I made my way to the salon which was nice. The ladies seemed cheerful so I really liked the environment. The stylist who serviced me was not the owner, but I figured she knew what she was doing because I heard the owner was really good at what she did and I trusted her judgement.

I was wronger than Alicia Keys was when she decided she just gon' keep on singing regardless.

As I was sitting in the chair, watching my hair hit the floor, I felt like it was a bit too much but I thought I was just having "hair cut jitters". Then I thought about it, I was seeing A LOT of curls hit the floor but I only wanted my relaxed ends cut off (which was about an inch in certain places on my head).

Anyway, I decided I wasn't going to worry about it. Like I said, I blew it off as if I was tripping and just decided to chill. She finished cutting my hair, threw me under the dryer, and sent me about my way. Before I paid my money, I noticed my hair was unusually shorter but I thought it was shrinkage.

I was wronger than Mitt Romney is...for just even trying.

I usually wear my hair big so I never need to blow dry it or anything. For a month I wore braid outs and up-dos. It wasn't until March that I decided to do a blow out and OH MY GOODNESS...I was appalled!

Y'all my hair was EXTREMELY choppy on one side! The top of my hair was extra uneven, one side appeared thicker than the other because she didn't cut symmetrically...SHE STRAIGHT UP EDWARD SCISSORHANDED MY HEAD Y'ALL!

I was sad and depressed (not really), but I was upset because I took all that time and good care of my hair only to have my mini big chop experience ruined. I called the owner of the shop the next day to let her know and she was very nice about the situation. She told me to come in the next morning and she would try to fix it for free. I was like...cool!

So I got there the next morning, and she saw my head and agreed that I was doomed. She did what she could to fix it but ultimately it wouldn't be all the way right unless I cut off a good 4-5 inches of my hair...

I definitely wasn't trying to do that.

I decided I would just play the waiting game and allow the choppy parts of my hair to catch up to the rest. It's been 7 months since then and my hair has grown but it's still very uneven...

Peep the pic:

Yep...that's the tragedy that's happening on the left side of my head. The right side doesn't look like that.

I bet you want to know how I plan to deal...right?

Well today, after I got my trim, I decided I'm not going to let the longest part of my hair get any longer than it is until the ruined part catches up. I'll get trims every 6-8 weeks (I usually wait 4 months if I can) just to get things as even as possible as my hair grows.

Also I WILL NOT be straightening my hair. I rarely do it anyway but because I hate how choppy it is, I don't like how it looks. It actually isn't so bad when I wear it in it's natural state or a heat free style.

Here's a wash n go from last week:

So as you can see it's not AS obvious. You can still see that something is fishy, but it's not so bad. So...yeah!

My conclusion: DO NOT LET JUST ANYBODY CUT YOUR HAIR! Even if they claim to be natural hair specialists DO NOT BELIEVE THE HYPE! Oh, I didn't get my money back...which I SHOULD HAVE! I guess the owner assumed her "fixing" but not fixing my jacked up hair was enough compensation...NO MA'AM. She was nice though, and if Jesus Christ (and ONLY JESUS) advised me to go back I would ask Him can I at least sit in her chair.

In the mean time, I'll keep you all posted on my hair growth! :-)

Tell me about a bad salon experience you've had!


  1. Alondra you are fricking hilarious! I also am on this journey to naturalization BUT this story and others has just made me decide to let my perm grow out instead of getting the BC! Your hair looks cute though girl, I will be hitting you up for some more advice on different natural styles!
    -Courtney Teasley

  2. I have a question about how you get your curls to come straight down. once my hair has been washed & conditioned, it curls up into a " fro " so to speak and I'm scared to comb it out because I'm afraid of how it'll look. I also wanted to know what products you used. I'd love for you to reply to me at TYLERJANELL@YMAIL.COM. thank you :)

  3. so sorry that this happened to you but your writing style is off the chain. I was like aww man I can't believe this happened to you while simultaneously laughing at how you wrote it. I totally agree, I am very leery with stylists, shoot even the one that I trusted jacked me up once so I handle my own cuts.

  4. I'm just starting my natural hair journey, so thank you for your blog! How do you do this "wash n go" style in the front, by your hairline? It looks like you did an off-center part and then clipped or bobby pinned it down on the front? I LOVE it and want to know how you do it. :)